Aboitiz Group donates 14,000 ‘Care Packages’ to typhoon-stricken Batanes
A total of 14,000 Ivatans are expected to benefit from adequate nutrition and a sustainable food supply following Typhoon Ferdie, thanks to the 14,000 nutritious “Care Packages” recently donated by the Aboitiz Group.
The Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate foundation of the Aboitiz Group, turned over to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) 200 boxes containing 14,000 Care Packages for immediate distribution in Batanes. NDRRMC Executive Director, Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, was present at the NDRRMC Office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City to receive the donations.
The Care Package, developed by Aboitiz food business unit Pilmico Foods Corporation, contains packs of 100-gram high-energy biscuits loaded with 450 kilocalories (equivalent to one full meal) each, designed as an efficient disaster relief solution that not only addresses hunger but provides adequate nutrition via a sustainable food supply.
During disasters when viable food sources are scarce and time is of the essence, The Care Package serves as an effective emergency provision, with each 100-gram pack containing essential proteins, vitamins B1 to B12, carbohydrates, added sugar, fat, vitamins A, C, D3, and E, iodine, iron, magnesium, and calcium necessary for one person’s nourishment and energy needs without sacrificing taste.
“The lack of proper nourishment is a serious problem following any disaster, and can hamper meaningful recovery efforts. We hope that our Care Packages would be able to nurture our affected Ivatan brothers and sisters, and also feed them with the strength to rebuild and get back on their feet,” Sonny Carpio, Aboitiz Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Sabin M. Aboitiz, Pilmico President and Chief Executive Officer, for his part, said, “We believe in making a real change in the journey of recovery and aid for Filipinos. Today, we are giving you an answer to hunger, malnutrition and hopelessness in one package. The Care Package is in your hands.”
The Aboitiz Foundation is an organization of compassionate service, one that can be counted on to provide assistance to those in need as part of its thrust to promote Health & Well-Being for a BetterWorld. It is among the first to respond during disasters while providing access to medical services through the help of Aboitiz business units. In 2015, the Foundation provided essential relief packs to 4,669 families affected by Typhoons throughout the year, distributed by 114 team member volunteers nationwide.